Does Freedom of Speech Still Exist?

Are we really free to speak our mind? We as a country pride ourselves in the concept of freedom of speech, but lately when someone truly expresses an unpopular opinion they risk being pummeled or boycotts if they are famous. People are becoming afraid to actually say anything for fear of offending. Jay Leno shared a story of asking one of his interns to pick up lunch for him. The intern asked him if he wanted Mexican, and he said he did not like Mexican and the intern’s reply was “that’s racist”. Really? no he just preferred not to eat Mexican food, but that is how branding starts. The intern shares the story with one of his friends and Leno is a racist. Washington Post writer Johnathan Capehart is being called a “house Negro”, because he questioned the “hands up don’t shoot” Ferguson narrative which has been dismissed by the DOJ. So for sharing an opinion not popular with some he is now a race traitor. We are living in the either or universe…you are either with us or against us. So we still have freedom of speech but we have to be willing to defend the right.

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  • patricknelson750  On March 22, 2015 at 12:15 am

    I imagine that freedom of speech and freedom to abuse are two different things. One good the other not so.

  • RS  On March 22, 2015 at 1:29 am

    He did not question the Hands Up Don’t Shoot narrative, he called it out for what it was. A flat out lie.

  • elvagreen123  On March 22, 2015 at 3:03 am

    “Race Traitor?” That’s a new one. I don’t think one person has enough power to betray a whole race. We want people to have freedom of speech but only if they say the “right” thing. You are right. We used to say “I may not like what you say, but I will defend your right to say it”, seems we are becoming an intolerant society.

  • Spanish Inquisitor  On March 23, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Just a small…no, a big…pedantic point here, and I say this as a lawyer.

    The first Amendment which grants us the freedom of speech is a restriction on government, not individuals. It’s purpose to prevent our government from suppressing our right to participate in our democracy.

    So many people cite to it to voice their opinions, and when someone disagrees with them, claim their right to free speech is being infringed. I have as much right to disagree with your opinions as you do with mine. And the government can’t interfere, but if I want to boycott your business, that’s not an infringement of your free speech. In fact, it’s the exercise of mine!

    Say say whatever you want. If the government in any form tries to stop you, you have a 1st Amendment violation. But if anyone else does, get over over it.

    In private speech, I always say you really don’t have a right to your opinion. You have a right to argue for your opinion, but your opinion is only as valid as the rigorous argument you can make in its favor. If you can’t defend it, logically and reasonably, then it’s a worthless opinion, and you might as well keep it to yourself.

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